What is a veranda in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling?

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The story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" contains the word "veranda" a total of eight times. The usage of the word is not special or unique in the story, though. Kipling uses the word according to a standard dictionary definition of veranda: a roofed platform along the outside of a house, level with the ground floor (see my second link below).

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